Forfeiture of residential homes with short leases such as secure tenants and assured shorthold tenants is not possible. The landlord to take possession will have to serve either a specific notice prescribed by law or where the dwelling has been abandoned a common law notice to quit. For breaches of the lease the landlord has to spell out the grounds for wishing to take possession and the date when court proceedings will begin. The court can make an order for possession and suspend it providing certain conditions are met. However if the court makes an order for possession the former tenant can stay in the premises until the bailiffs are sent to evict. The former tenant will still have to pay the equivalent of rent for occupying the premises until he or she leaves.
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